Johnny Was Blog
Biya in BangkokJuly 31, 2019
Not only do our catalogs showcase the newest Johnny Was collections but they’re also a snapshot into some gorgeous corners of the world. For our latest, we visited the beautiful and bustling city of Bangkok in Thailand. Biya Ramar, Senior VP of Design and Amy Valentine, Design Director, were on the crew and took lots of snaps to give you an inside scoop into this stunning spot. We asked Biya about her days and nights in Bangkok as well as behind-the-scenes inspirations.
What is your first impression of Bangkok?
BR: This was my third time visiting. The minute you arrive, you notice the crazy humidity. We checked into our hotel, The Siam, which is right on the Chao Phraya River and you can see some of it in the catalog. The thing I love most about this culture is that even though it’s a big city there’s still a chill vibe. In the evenings, everyone is socializing and hanging out, there are Rickshaws weaving on the streets and the colors are amazing.
We also went to the flower market which felt like a dream. They make these gorgeous pieces and arrangements with fresh flowers every day, all very intricate and it was an incredible experience to see that. Finally, the heat in Bangkok drives everyone outside in the evenings. We walked to one of the traditional night markets, which is a huge outdoor market that sells a little bit of everything and also has fantastic street food.
How does a location change the look of the clothing?
BR: When you are in a place like Bangkok you definitely want to bring some of the country into the pictures. We had a great stylist for this shoot and he had some amazing accessories. I think my favorite shot in the catalog is the one of the model wearing the kimono that was accessorized with the brass fingertips that are worn by the traditional dancers in Thailand.
Does it inspire your designs at Johnny Was when you travel?
BR: Of course, there is inspiration everywhere. Thailand has such a rich and long history and they are known for their textiles and arts. I took so many pictures, even of small details, that I can look back on when I get home.
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